On the night of January 18, at least nine people, including two children, were killed in new airstrikes by the Jordanian Air Force on al-Swayda province in southern Syria. Some reports indicate that the death toll may be as high as 11.

These strikes mark the third such attack by the Jordanian Air Force since the beginning of 2024 against drug traffickers who smuggle not only drugs but also weapons into the Hashemite Kingdom.

During the civil war, Syria emerged as the largest producer of Captagon, a stimulant dubbed as a "jihad" drug. It was also reportedly used by participants in the attack on Israel on Black Saturday, October 7, 2023.